Justice and Peace Scotland

Justice and Peace Scotland invites you to join us for a discussion of the impact of the pandemic drawing on the experience of our panel. Together we will share, reflect and start to identify how the church can be ready and prepared in our communities to meet the challenges which remain.

The panel includes:

Prof. Stephen McKinney (University of Glasgow)

Fr. Basil Clark VE (Archdiocese of St. Andrews & Edinburgh)

Danny Collins (National President, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Scotland)

Martin Johnstone (Poverty Truth Network / At the Edge)



As Scotland prepares to host the UN climate talks (COP26) later this year, we have a unique opportunity to make an impact and increase the pressure on institutions and governments to respond with the urgency that the climate crisis demands.

Join this webinar to find out how Churches in Scotland – both locally and nationally – can support a just and green recovery by divesting from fossil fuels and re-orienting investments towards a clean energy future.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers:


We hope you can spread the word of these events, your support of Justice & Peace Scotland is very appreciated.

Kind regards

Frances Gallagher

Justice and Peace Scotland




I am working Mon, Tues and Wed each week.


If you want peace work for justice

A Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland


Dear Parent / Carer

Return to School and Nursery in January 2021

Following the latest announcement by the Scottish Government, I wanted to get in touch with you directly and outline what this will mean for you and your family at the start of the new school term.

They key changes are as follows:

 The school term will now recommence on Monday 11th January 2021 and will be in the form of remote learning only for most pupils.

 Children of key workers and children from vulnerable families will attend school or nursery from Wednesday 6th January. As our establishments were closed when the new arrangements were announced, pupil return has been pushed back by one day to allow
schools to prepare and adjust.

 At present we expect all children and young people to physically return to school or nursery on Monday 18th January. Should this change we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Whilst we would all prefer to be providing teaching in schools and nurseries and in person, we do now have detailed contingency plans developed for remote learning. Teachers will be in touch with you and your family before term commences on the 11th January to provide you with more information. Schools will also work to provide access to a device to enable online learning should you require this.

It is important that only children of key workers and from vulnerable families return to school and nurseries on Wednesday 6th January.

Those qualifying for keyworker provision will include any family where both parents (or a lone parent in a single parent household) are unable to work from home and where there is no other childcare available. Importantly, unlike the restrictions in place before last summer, grandparents and other family members will be able
to provide childcare so please ensure you consider all of the options available to you and your family before sending your children back to school or nursery.

If you meet the above criteria, you can apply for a place at school using the following link:


You will be asked for information about your family’s circumstances, any work commitments and what provision you will require. Your child’s school will be in touch on the 5th January after the holidays to confirm your child’s place. If you require any further information, you can contact your child’s school directly when they reopen on the 5th

For all children who will be attending school, regular school transport will be provided from the 6th January.

I do understand that this latest change has brought further uncertainty at the end of a difficult year. Please be assured that whilst a return to remote learning is a circumstance that our
schools and nurseries did not wish to revisit, we are well prepared now to respond to this challenge.

I know our schools and nurseries will be ready to respond to any questions you might have when they reopen on the Tuesday 5th January.

Yours sincerely

Mark Ratter
Director of Education

Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas. It has been a year like no other but one that has taught us how strong we are, as individuals and as a St Joseph’s family. Thank you for all your kind words and gifts, we are overwhelmed with the gratitude and affection shown to us.

As we recover from the amazing day that was our Winter Wonderland ( I am sure there were lots of very tired children!!) I would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Parent Council who created the most amazing experience for our children yesterday. A special mention to Stacey Hogg our social secretary, we asked for help and she made it all happen!

We have been very fortunate over the last few months not to have had any positive cases in our school. This is due to you, our parents, being vigilant and taking all necessary precautions and we thank you for this. Unfortunately we are still living with this virus and although we move into 2021 with hope and the certainty of a vaccine we still have to live with the current restrictions.

While the number of cases remain low and the measures across our school are helping to keep everyone as safe as possible, unfortunately we might still see some more positive cases in the weeks ahead.  I therefore wanted to update you on the arrangements that have been put in place which should be followed if your child does happen to test positive during the holidays when the school is closed from Friday 18th December.

Positive Case where your child’s symptoms first developed on or before Sunday 20th December

  1. Email COVIDeducation@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk – there is no need to contact the school directly
  2. Provide your child’s details including the name of the school, their class and their date of birth.  This will help make sure your child’s details can be found quickly.
  3. Explain when the symptoms first began
  4. Give details on when the test was undertaken and when you received the positive result
  5. Let us know when your child was last in school

Positive Case where your child’s symptoms developed on or after Monday 21st December

If your child develops symptoms on or after Monday 21st December, there is no need for you to email the Education Department.  Instead, you will be contacted by the Test & Protect team who will discuss the details with you and ask for the information they need.  As your child will not have been in school for more than 48 hours before they developed symptoms, there won’t be any need for any in school contacts to be identified.

Please note, it is important to remember the response required will depend on when your child’s symptoms first start – not from when they receive a positive test result!

It is important if your child tests positive during the holidays and has to self-isolate beyond the school return date of 5th January that you contact the school directly as you would for any other absence.

 Have a blessed Christmas and come back to us safely in 2021!

Kindest regards

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher

Active Advent Calendar 2020

Our friends in Glasgow have created this Active Advent Calendar – the ER Active Schools team are going to take part and they would love as many families as possible to join them!  All you need to do is encourage your children to take part in the activities below each day of December and don’t forget to tag the school and @activeschoolser in any photos!

Cant wait to see them!


Email Issues

We are aware that some parents have not been receiving all school emails from our Groupcall Messenger mail system and that they might have been directed to your Junk Mail folders.  It appears to be an intermittent problem so you might be receiving some but not all school emails.

To ensure this doesn’t happen can you please put 08EC450@groupcallalert.com into your email address book as this will stop emails going into your Junk/Spam folders.

Scottish Child Payments Information

Scottish Child Payment is a new payment for families on tax credits or certain benefits to help towards the costs of looking after a child.

It’s £40 paid every four weeks for each child under six.

The payment starts on Monday 15 February 2021, with first payments made from the end of February onwards, but Social Security Scotland is taking applications now to help manage demand.
You can apply if your child will be under six on 15 February 2021.
The qualifying benefits are:

 Child Tax Credit
 Income Support
 Pension Credit
 Working Tax Credit
 Universal Credit
 Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
 Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

First payments will be made from late February onwards. When someone gets paid will depend on how many applications we get and the process each individual application goes through.

SCP Payment Factsheet

Find out more information and apply at mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment or call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.


As a result of lockdown earlier in the year, the block of ski lessons at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre arranged by Active Schools was not completed.  The club have a note of all participants names and the sessions that are due back to them. We are very keen to ensure that the children do not miss out and that they can complete their lessons.

I have been in discussions with the ski centre and we plan to re start the lessons in January/February 2021. All families that this affects, will be contacted nearer the time, with the dates for the rearranged session.

Following on from the re-arranged sessions, it is hoped a further block will be organised for existing and new pupils.

If your child is keen to get back to skiing sooner Glasgow Ski Centre may have another option for your child. Please call them during office hours on 0141 427 4991 to discuss otherwise you will hear from me in November with a start date.

Kerry Comerford

Active School Co-ordinator


Horizon Photography will be here next week to take photographs of all our children.  They will be here on Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th August and will take the following options:

  • Individual
  • Sibling
  • Full Class/group photos for all years – not just the usual P1 & P7

The photographers will be here for three days instead of one to ensure they can observe social distancing, provide good quality photos and also include all 15 class/group photographs.  We have therefore divided the days as follows:

  • Monday 24th:                     P1 & P2, siblings and class photo
  • Tuesday 25th:                      P3 & P4, siblings and class photo
  • Wednesday 26th:              P5, P6 & P7, siblings and class photo

All children should wear their full ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL UNIFORM on the days they will be photographed.


Applying for Clothing Grant / Free School Meals (Session 2020/2021)

Qualifying benefits

Will I qualify? Clothing grant Free school meals
Employment and Support Allowance (Income related) Yes Yes
Income Support Yes Yes
Job Seekers Allowance (Income based) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit with a gross or projected annual household income of less than £16,105 for 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 HM Revenue & Customs tax credits award letter ( TC602) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual household income of less than £7,330 for 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 HM Revenue & Customs tax credit award letter ( TC602) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit with a gross annual income of below £16,105 but above £7,330 for year 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 tax credit award letter from HM Revenues and Customs (TC602) Yes No
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Yes Yes
Housing benefit Yes No
Universal Credit – where your maximum monthly earned income from employment does not exceed £610 Yes Yes

Apply for Clothing Grant/Free School Meals



  • There will be NO TUCK at morning or lunch interval for the time being
  • Can children in P3 & P4 please bring indoor shoes to leave in class as we have new carpets in these classes (plimsoles are ideal)
  • Parents are NOT permitted within the school grounds at any time unless you have made an appointment to come into school
  • For the first couple of weeks P2 & P3 children will be escorted at home time by their Teacher to the school gates.  Children in P4 to P7 will make their own way to the gate you have agreed to meet them at.  To avoid any upset or confusion PLEASE ensure your child/ren know which gate you will meet them at


Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parents/ Carers,

At the end of what has been a very unique school year, I would like to thank you. Thank you for supporting our teachers by providing a safe and encouraging learning environment at home for your child. Thank you for learning how to use Google Classroom at such short notice! Thank you for your understanding and constant support and thank you for all your positivity during a period of uncertainty.

I would also like to thank all of the St Joseph’s staff who have worked exceptionally hard over the last few months. They have , as always, gone above and beyond. We have navigated our way through an event that has no blueprint, no right or wrong and we could only do this as a team. Not once did staff question or refuse, they trusted and supported me, I am very blessed to lead such an amazing team.

Our children have been fantastic throughout, engaging in their online learning and sharing their experiences with their teacher through photographs and videos. We have missed them and look forward to August (fingers crossed!) when we can all be together again. When our children return we want to focus on the positive, we don’t want our children carrying their experience of lockdown as a negative. We will ensure our children have a chance to reconnect with their friends and teachers, lost learning will be addressed but at a pace that suits our children.

Attached below is a letter from Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education which provides an update on the current situation.

Have a wonderful summer. I hope the sun returns and you have an opportunity to relax, you have earned it! I look forward to welcoming our St Joseph’s family back on the 12th August.

God bless you

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher


Letter to parents 26.6.20.doc

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